The Lawh-i Laylat al-Quds 
(The Tablet of the Sacred Night). c. 1865-6?) of Mirza Husayn `Ali Nuri, Baha'-Allah
Stephen N. Lambden
In progress, last updated : 30-08-2015>
There are a number of Arabic and Persian scriptural Tablets of Mirza Husayn `Ali Nuri, Baha'-Allah associated with a `Laylat al-quds', a `Night of Holiness' or a `Sacred Night'. One such Persian-Arabic text of Baha'-Allah known as the Lawh-i Laylat al-Quds (I) or `The Tablet of the Sacred Night', was written in Edirne-Adrianople around 1865-6. In the printed edition in the hand of Mishkin Qalam entitled Iqtidarat, it spans some five and a half pages.
The text of the The Lawh-i Laylat al-Quds  has been printed a number of times, including, for example :
- Iqtidarat va chand lawh-i digar, pp. 213-218.
- Majmu`a-yi Mubaraka-i Hadrat-i Baha'-Allah, pp. 227-232.
As printed in Iqtidarat this scriptural Tablet opens with the following Arabic basmala declaring that the Name of God might enlivened the hearts of the Supreme Concourse ( al-mala' al-a`la) followed by an Arabic devotional passage.
"In the Name of He through whose remembrance Life bestowed upon the hearts of the Supreme Concourse (al-mala' al-a`la)"
Unto Thee be Glorification, O my God! Thou witnesseth and Thou seeth ...
It ends in Arabic as follows:
"... His is the Creation and the Command (al-khalq wa'l-amr) for He doeth whatsoever He willeth and ordaineth whatsoever He pleaseth. He, verily, He indeed the Powerful Ordainer (al- muqtadar), the Mighty (al-aziz), the Omnipotent (al-qadir)."
Among the translations of the text are those of :